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[Jesus] appointed twelve, whom he named apostles, to be with him…. Simon … James… John …[etc.], and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him (Mark 3:19).

Being a disciple means loving those who may betray us. This doesn’t mean we have to whitewash what they might do, or what they’ve already done–note Jesus’ words of judgment to Judas (Matt. 26:24). But love requires that in some way we be in relationship with them, as Jesus was with Judas for three years.

When have you been betrayed? How have you handled it? Do you think, even after the betrayal, God is calling you to stay in relationship with the betrayer? Why or why not? In what ways are you called to speak truth to the situation? In what ways are you being called to forgive?

–Mark Galli
This is part of Mark Galli’s guided journal, “Discovering the Untamable God,” a 12-week journey through the Gospel of Mark. Twice a week, you’ll receive a new journaling prompt encouraging you encounter the wild, untamable Jesus of the Gospel of Mark and let his radical sayings and actions transform your life. Use these prompts in your own journal or in group discussion. If you’re joining this journal mid-way through, you can start journaling at any time, and stay subscribed at the end, when the journal will restart and you can receive the prompts that you missed.

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